Indian Markets

Otavalo Market

Otavalo is one of South America’s most important indigenous markets, and the most visited centre of ethnic tourism in Ecuador. The local inhabitants known as Otavaleños are proud and prosperous people, who have achieved international recognition not only as successful weavers and textile exporters, but also as a symbol of cultural fortitude among the indigenous people of Ecuador and the whole continent.
The OtavaleñoWoman from Otavalos are the descendants of former "mitimaes", people who were forced immigrants brought by the Incas as a way to establish political domination and control, when they invaded this part of the Andes just a few decades before the Spanish arrived.

In the market you will have a chance to buy local textiles and hand crafts. It is open every day, although Saturday is still the best day to visit. The textile industry is so big in this region, that the Plaza de Ponchos is now filled with vendors all the time. The Otavaleños also sell some textiles and crafts from other parts of Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. If you plan to go there on a Saturday we recommend visiting first the interesting animal market as it starts very early in the morning. Bargaining is appropriated in the market and in shops.

The variety of shapes, colours, goods and people make the Otavalo market a paradise for photographers, who will enjoy a delightful experience.




Itinerary in Brief - One Day OtavaloVegetable Market Otavalo

  • Pick up at around 7:30
  • Drive to Otavalo
  • Three hours approximately to explore freely around the market
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • Back at Quito by 18:00

Note: This schedule is subject to change due to unforeseen difficulties.

 

 

Saquisili Market

If your itinerary includes some trekking or climbing around the Cotopaxi area, the Saquisili market on Thursdays would be a very interesting place to visit. The village is located in the middle of the Cotopaxi Province.
According to a local economist, Saquisili has been for many years the largest indigenous market of Ecuador. It is famous for the way in which it’s seven plazas and most of its streets become packed with people, many of them are local Indians of nearby villages, and some even come from other provinces attracted by the variety of products and good prices.

Itinerary in Brief - One Day Saquisili

  • Pick up at around 7:30
  • Drive to Saquisili
  • Four hours approximately to explore freely around the market
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • Back at Quito by 18:00

Note: This schedule is subject to change due to unforeseen difficulties.

 

 

Indian Markets - Highlights

Depending on the area where you want to climb, in between excursions we can organise a visit to some colourful indigenous markets of Ecuador. The most well known are Otavalo and Saquisili.

      • Immense variety of local hand crafts, from hand-weaved textiles to jewellery.
      • Fantastic opportunities for cultural photography.
      • Chance to do lots of souvenir shopping.
      • Less than two hours away from Quito.
      • Great opportunities to practice your bargaining abilities.
      • Interesting places to observe the cultural diversity of the Central Ecuadorian Andes.



Indian Markets - Combinations

Otavalo
Cuicocha Trekking Excursion
3.200 m / 10,496 ft

Pambamarca Trekking Excursion
3.900 m / 12,792 ft

Cayambe Climbing Excursion
5.790 m / 18,991 ft


Saquisili
Rumiñahui Trekking Excursion
4.631 m / 15,189 ft

Iliniza Climbing Excursion
5.125 m / 16,810 ft

Cotopaxi Climbing Excursion
5.897 m / 19,342 ft



Culture & Relax Tours

Andeanface offers three Culture & Relax Tours:

Indian Markets – Otavalo / Saquisili

Quito City Tour – Old Colonial City

Papallacta – Hot Springs